I have broad interests in all aspects of plant-insect interactions and biological pest control. I am particularly ineterested in plant-omnivore interactions in plant-associated food webs. My PhD work focused on plant responses induced by plant feeding of the omnivorous predator Macrolophus pygmaeus in greenhouse crops and its effects on performance of herbivores, other natural enemies and plants. My research at SLU focus on the dual function of omnivorous predators as predators and plant defence inducers in woody plant system using Salix spp. as model system.
Zhang NX, Messelink GJ, Sunny Verdonkschot, Janssen A. (2019) Plant feeding by an omnivorous predator affects plant phenology and omnivore performance. Biol Control 135:66-72.
Zhang NX, Daan van Wieringen, Messelink GJ, Janssen A. (2019). Herbivores avoid host plants previously exposed to their omnivorous predator Macrolophus pygmaeus. J Pest Sci. 92 (2): 737-745.
Zhang NX. (2018) What omnivores don’t eat: Nonconsumptive ecological effects of phytophagy by Macrolophus pygmaeus (PhD thesis). University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Zhang NX, Messelink GJ, Alba JM, et al. (2018). Phytophagy of omnivorous predator Macrolophus pygmaeus affects performance of herbivores through induced plant defences. Oecologia 186:101–113.